The NHL is set up with another strong slate of hockey action on Friday night. The Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues will meet up in Game 6 of the second round on May 27. These two teams have met up in an exciting series so far and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.
Colorado has earned a record 7-2 throughout the postseason as the top seed in the Central division. The Avalanche swept the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs. Colorado is coming off a loss in Game 5 where they had a chance to move on. The Avalanche will look to regroup on the road as they look for a spot in the Conference Finals.
The Blues have put up a record of 6-5 so far in the playoffs as the third seed in the Central division. St. Louis knocked off the Minnesota Wild in six games in the second round. The Blues were able to earn a big win on the road in Game 5 to keep their hopes alive. St. Louis will look to take that momentum back home as they look for a huge win.
These two teams have been strong throughout this series and will look for a big win in Game 6. The Avalanche have the series lead and will look to move on with a win. St. Louis will look to step up at home as they look to force a Game 7. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Friday night.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Colorado Avalanche||-1 ½ (+140)||-170||Over 6 ½ (-115)|
|St. Louis Blues||+1 ½ (-165)||+145||Under 6 ½ (-105)|
|Team Data||Colorado Avalanche||St. Louis Blues|
|Playoff Away/ Home Record||4-0||2-3|
|Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home||5.75||3.40|
|Playoff SV% Away/ Home||.902||.876|
- 8-3 on Friday nights
- 22-13 against divisional opponents
- 24-10 after a divisional game
- 4-2 when leading in series
- 18-8 after allowing four or more goals
- 32-19 after scoring four goals or more
- 32-17 against team with a winning record
St. Louis Blues
- 5-4 on Friday nights
- 23-14 against divisional opponents
- 20-16 after a division game
- 3-1 when trailing in series
- 20-13 after allowing four goals or more
- 33-19 after scoring four or more goals
- 29-21 against team with a winning record
These two teams have met in a solid five games so far. Josh Manson had a goal and an assist in Game 1 as Colorado won 3-2. David Perron had two goals in the second game to give the Blues a 4-1 win. Nazem Kadri had four goals and two assists in Game’s 3 and 4 as the Avalanche won 5-2 and 6-3. Nick Leddy had three assists in Game 5 as St. Louis erased a 3-0 deficit to win 5-4 in overtime.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) May 27, 2022
Colorado has been strong on the power play in the playoffs. The Avalanche have capitalized on 9 of their 27 power play opportunities, which is a 33.3 percent success rate. Colorado has given up 7 power play goals on 24 penalties against, which is a 70.8 percent penalty kill. The Avalanche are 1st on the man advantage and 6th on the penalty kill.
The Blues have been strong on special teams in the postseason. St. Louis has scored on 12 of their 37 of their power play chances, which is a 32.4 percent power play. The Blues have killed off 29 of their opponents 35 power play attempts, which is an 82.9 percent kill rate. St. Louis is 2nd on the power play and 3rd on the kill in the remaining field of 6.
These two teams have been great on the power play in the playoffs, but St. Louis has the better penalty kill. The Blues will look for their power play to step up early in this one as they look to tie this series up. Colorado will look to make some adjustments on the penalty kill. If either team can get a goal with the man advantage, it could give them the edge in this one.
Darcy Kuemper will get the start in the crease for the Avalanche on Friday night. Kuemper has earned a record of 5-2 throughout this postseason. He has posted a .904 save percentage and a GAA of 2.50 in those games. Kuemper finished with 25 saves on 30 shots in Game 5, which was not enough for Colorado to close out the series.
Ville Husso will get the nod between the pipes for St. Louis in this one. Husso has played in 6 games these playoffs, going 2-4 in those matchups. He has put up a save percentage of .884 and a 3.78 GAA in those outings. Husso stopped 30 of 34 shots in the last game, which was enough to help the Blues force a Game 6 on Friday.
These two goalies have been solid throughout this series and will look for a big win in this one. Husso has done a good job stepping in for the injured Jordan Binnington and will look to keep it going. Kuemper has dealt with some injuries as well in the playoffs, but will look to step up in this one. If either goalie can control the pace early, it could be enough for the win.
The Blues were able to force a Game 6 back at home, but have not won at home in this series yet. Colorado is also undefeated on the road. I think St. Louis will be buzzing in this one though and the Blues can force the Game 7. The Blues have been great on special teams and if they continue to attack on five on five, I think they can pull off the upset.
Bovada has Colorado listed as a -170 against the money line. This implies that the Avalanche will win this game around 63 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams playing well on the season. Colorado has been great in the playoffs, but I think Husso is due for a big game. As big underdogs at home, I like the value on the Blues.